Wisdom is Love’s Twin

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Such a lofty thing—wisdom. We all want it, but it requires so much of us. Wisdom does not associate itself with emotions. It is able to operate outside of “the heat of the moment.” It seems to come from a core connection with the supernatural. In looking at the passage in Corinthians 13—you know, the love passage—I began replacing the word love with wisdom. Here is how that looks:

Wisdom is patient wisdom is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Wisdom does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves.

Now that may not fit to a T, but many of the attributes that the Bible gives to love can be given to wisdom as well. The type of Love and Wisdom that God is asking us to seek are strong and everlasting. They can not be simply attained without sacrifice and intentional choice. Achieving these virtues will require much of the pursuer. The world is not interested in the cost of that adventure. They pursue knowledge (the wisdom look alike) and passion (the love look alike) because they give the appearance of their more steadfast counterparts, yet are more easily achieved. The difference is that these impostor virtues are massively susceptible to emotions and our craving for earthly justice.

The other key to remember is that any supernatural virtue can only truly be obtained by walking the journey hand in hand with Holy Spirit. He knows you better than you know yourself.

He is going to guide your journey and reveal things to you in His timing and in ways that make the most sense to you. Such an individualized schooling can’t be found anywhere else!

If you are wanting to know more specifically what the Bible says about wisdom, dive in to Proverbs. It is a proverbial treasure chest of nuggets of wisdom. Again, invite the Holy Spirit into your reading. This will ensure that the right words jump out and bury themselves in your spirit to rise in such occasions that previous emotions would have heavily influenced your actions. The cost is choosing to die daily and submit your flesh to the greater way and truth. You submit to God’s ways of handling a situation once you have spent time researching what His ways are—reading His word. I leave you with a set of verses that I had memorized at one time. A Sunday school teacher I had once declared this her favorite passage of the Bible:

“Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will give you a garland to grace your heard and present you with a glorious crown.”

Proverbs 4:5-9

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